Canada from home: explore Canada’s territories online – ABOUT MAG 2020

Credit: Parks Canada Nunavut

Although we currently face limited travel opportunities, there are still many ways to enjoy museums and places without leaving the comfort of your home. O Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut we offer an incredible variety of historic and natural sites that continue to amaze us, online or in person.

Here are 12 incredible places and experiences that you can see anytime online.

Experience the Northern Lights

We are all fascinated by the Aurora Borealis. Canadian North it is famous for the opportunities to see these beautiful dancing lights during the fall, winter and spring months. This natural phenomenon is formed when charged particles emitted by the sun during a solar flare penetrate the Earth’s magnetic shield and collide with atoms and molecules in our atmosphere. These collisions result in countless small bursts of light, called photons, that make up the dawn. Although green is the most common color, you can sometimes see pink, red, purple, red, blue and white. To see them online, check out the Canadian space agencies live the Northern Lights camera in Yellowknife.

Explore the Chilkoot National Historic Site

Google Maps allows us to explore more of the world than we think possible. It was exciting to discover that you can “walk” through this historic site in Yukon. The Chilkoot Trail was historically an important commercial route for the Tinglit peoples, but it was made famous by the Gold Rush miners who used the trail to reach the gold fields. You can see some of the things left behind in this historic site, as well as immerse yourself in the surrounding beauty.

Explore Dawson City on a walking tour

Dawson City it was the destination for gold seekers during the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s. At its best, the city was home to some 30,000 people. Now, the small town is home to some interesting buildings and historic sites. You can use Google Maps to get around and follow the Visitor Center guide to walk these historic streets. The Google Street preview will start you at the Dawson City Museum and you can follow the guide from there. To get your walking tour map and information.

Enjoy the exhibits at the North Prince of Wales Heritage Center

This museum, located in Yellowknife, houses a collection of governmental and non-governmental documents related to the history of the Northwest Territories and has a large number of online exhibitions interpret NWT’s human and natural history, as well as other topics.

Explore the Discovery Claim National Historic Site

In 1896, gold was discovered here, triggering the Klondike gold rush. It is a mining claim measuring 500 by 2000 feet, located on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River, near Dawson City. The site is in a deep valley that, since the discovery, has been heavily mined, first by hand and then with mechanized equipment. Large dredging tailings fill the valley and scars are still visible on the slopes. If you are patient, you may even see descriptive signs along the way.

Canadian Arctic Trek

Together with the incredible views and landscapes available through Google Maps for Iqaluit and the surrounding area, this is a great site to learn about how they were created, as, along with the team, there was a lot of input from students and community members. Nunavut it is one of the most remote places you can visit, so take the time and explore this fantastic part of the northern Canadian desert.

Visit Dredge # 4 by Dawson City

Located on Bonanza Creek, in the city of Dawson, this is the largest wooden hull dredge in the world. A national historic site, this is one of the must-see attractions when visiting Dawson City. Google Maps Virtual The tour will guide you through the site and you will be able to read most of the interpretive views of the site.

Visit the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

Located along the banks of the Yukon River, in White horse you will find the historic S.S. Klondike. This stern wheel was the largest in a fleet at a time when the river was the main highway in the region. It has been restored to its former splendor for the enjoyment of visitors. You can visit most internal and external areas of the vessel virtually.

See the famous Pingos in the Northwest Territories

The National Landmark of Pingo, near Tuktoyaktuk, in the Northwest Territories, is a natural area that protects eight drops along the Arctic Ocean. Raindrops are essentially ice-covered hills and have been used as navigation aids for rain-fed land and water and as a convenient time to locate caribou in the tundra or whales in the sea for centuries. Take a walk along the Arctic coast and see these unique natural structures.

See S.S.Keno National Historic Site

Dawson City is full of interesting historical sites and this is not a point to be missed. Another historic stern wheel that was part of Yukon history in the early 1900s. Built in 1922, the S.S.Keno worked primarily on the Stewart River, transporting Mayo silver lead concentrate to Stewart City. It was also used for the initial and final season trips to Dawson City. If you want to read some information while you’re on the ship, in addition to the information signs, you can download a PDF information file at Canada parks here.

Take a “walking” tour of historic Carcross

One of the oldest gold rush cities in the territory, this region has been used by the Tagish and Tlingit First Nations for generations before the race began. You can enjoy First Nations exhibitions, such as totems, wooden carving sheds and much more in the city. You can even check out the beach on the shore of Lake Bennett! For a descriptive walking tour of the city, with the chance to see all the historic buildings, download it here.

See wildlife in Ivvavik National Park

Wildlife cameras are a fun way to see animals performing their daily lives in the desert. Although there are currently no videos available on this site, there are some great photos of all kinds of wildlife in the park featured this month, which takes place in the Yukon. Ivvavik means nursery or birthplace and this area has a special meaning, as it is a breeding ground for the caribou. With each image, there is a little bit of information about each animal.

Nááts’hch’oh National Park Reserve

Nááts’hch’oh National Park Reserve it is named after the mountain Nááts’hch’oh – a powerful place for the native people of Sahtu. Located near the Yukon and Northwest Territories Border, the park is in the traditional lands of Shúhtaot’ine (Mountain Dene) and is home to grizzly bears, Dall sheep, mountain goats and forest caribou.

Explore the park in 3D video.

Nahanni National Park

The granite towers of the Cirque of the Unclimbables rise from the lush alpine meadow and, in the Virginia Falls, the South Nahanni River rises over a fall twice the height of the Niagara Falls. These 30,000 square kilometers are a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The Dehcho First Nations welcome adventurers in Nahą Dehé, land of peaks, plateaus and wild rivers.

You can also visit Ivvavik National Park, Aulavik National Park, Auyuittuq National Park, Kluane National Park, Nááts’hhchoh National Park Reserve, Nahanni National Park, Tuktut Nogait National Park on Google Earth.

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